Opinion: Good old days of building a house

The good old days of home building meant things were done in stages, more affordably.
The good old days of home building meant things were done in stages, more affordably.

Much has been said in recent times about affordable housing.

Over the years a lot has changed.

Back in the 1950s and ’60s we were happy to start with a two-bedroom, one-bathroom house. Today most young people expect a large four-bedroom house.

In the good old days a lot of people built their own houses, making cement bricks after work each night, then laying the bricks at weekends. Others built timber-framed houses, getting help from mates at weekends.

When the house was up to ceiling height the home builder could apply for a bank loan to complete it.

This system worked very well, with different building tradesmen swapping days on each other’s house.

In those good old days you could build a shed in your back yard and live in it while building your house, or build part of the house to live in. I was one of those home owners who used this system to get my first home.

FRANK GRANGER,

Applecross.